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Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know

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While there have always been norms and customs around the use of drugs, explicit public policies--regulations, taxes, and prohibitions--designed to control drug abuse are a more recent phenomenon. Those policies sometimes have terrible side-effects: most prominently the development of criminal enterprises dealing in forbidden (or untaxed) drugs and the use of the profits o...more
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Published June 6th 2011 by Oxford University Press, USA
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Frank Stein

Another fantastic book in the "What Everyone Needs to Know" series. Paarlberg's "Food Politics" permanently changed the way I looked at food and farms, and this book has done the same for drugs.

I've read some of Mark Kleiman's articles before and have been impressed, and this book demonstrates his fine rhetorical and reasoning skills at work. His positions on drugs are hard to categorize. He takes a principled stand on keeping most hard drugs illegal, while urging that penal sentences be reduced...more
Sylvia Longmire
Being an analyst who follows the drug war in Mexico on a daily basis, I was really interested in this book to learn more about the drugs themselves, rather than just how they were being transported into the United States. SO many of the assumptions I had and things I "knew" about drugs and drug addiction were turned on their heads by the time I finished reading this! I'm still on the fence about whether we, as a country, would benefit more from maintaining current drug policy (or at least a smar...more
Keenan Longan
Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know is a great book for anyone who is rather new to the ideas and policies for Drugs within the United States. It is set up in a question and answer style of format that allows for easier reading and allows the authors to central their focus upon specific issues in the field of drug policy. This book covers a variety of topics dealing with drugs such as addiction and treatment as well.
Overall, I enjoyed this book because of its question and answer...more
Viktor
It's hard to find any dispassionate discussion concerning drugs and drug policy. The issue(s) is(are) riddled with misconceptions and myths that are propagated by both sides. This book being an exception gives a rational, compact and comprehensive review of drugs and drug policy. The reasoning is transparent, pragmatic and anchored in scientific evidence. It made me change my mind a number of times. Though it's USA centered, the arguments are generally applicable.

It is structured around specifi...more
Zahwil
The 'best in class' of the nonfiction works always seem to cross the barriers of their own discipline in a way that's truly enlightening. Drugs and Drug Policy is such a book. The authors draw on at least the following disciplines:

Philosophy: John Stuart Mill's Harm Principle, which states that it's only ever justifiable to interfere with people's free will to prevent harm to others. The authors offer a good critique of this principle by pointing out that "while many people desire to use one or...more
Willy Chertman
Highly recommended for anyone interested in the field, who works in public policy, or for anyone who wants to be an informed debater.

Disclaimer:
My position on drug use originates from a rights-based approach, in that I think a 'right' to cognitive freedom, including recreational/religious use of psychoactive drugs for and by consenting adults, should be protected, or at the very least, not infringed upon. As a result, any argument for or against prohibition or legalization from a public health...more
Bank
A very informative review , history and analysis of drug use , both licit and illicit , and the policies governments use to control both the use and the harmful effects on society . In particular , the authors explore the many and often conflicting goals of policy makers and the many factors that come into play including ethnic and racial prejudice , religious and moral issues , straight cost/ benefit analysis, punishment vs rehabilitation, etc. There are also good theories why failed policies c...more
Stephanie
Finished “Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know” on the train this morning. This was such a wealth of information. I figured that this would focus on just illegal drugs, but the book covers alcohol, tobacco, prescription drugs, and anabolic steroids.

I especially enjoyed learning about the different ways that taxing drugs could hurt and help our economy and the fascinating supply and demand market.

I’d definitely recommend reading this if you’re interested in the politics behind our...more
Dan
A very detailed and concise book regarding drug policy, the war on drugs, the effects of legalization and decriminalization. Written as responses to the most common questions about drug policy, the authors present a very non-partisan, well researched and written response to many of the problems of current drug policy, why we are where we are at and the current issues surrounding drug policy. A good book to read for an intelligent debate and not slogan arguments and bumper sticker statements.
Nick
Good book that's very informative and objective about this topic. The whole thing is organized into questions about drugs and drug policy. At the end the are three sections of possible solutions to the current situation ranging from easily implementable to not a chance that it will happen.
Jeffrey Dhywood
Kleiman and co are often simplistic and self-serving, and they fail to reach the logical conclusion of their analysis. Heck, Kleiman even think that alcohol prohibition was not that bad after all.
Seth Kolloen
Really balanced book-length Q&A that will rid you of a lot of the myths surrounding drug policy...like what would happen if marijuana were legalized for example. RECOMMENDED!
Catalina
A structure that's easy to follow and serious, fact-based arguments for a debate that is too often biased and distorted for political interest.
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